How do you decide you’ve edited enough? I just got the electronic proof of my book back and have been going through it for a day and a half. I’ve found many typos, misspelled words, formatting mistakes but those don’t bother me. What bothers me is that I don’t like the book anymore! I’ve noticed repetition of words, excess words, things which two weeks ago didn’t bother me. Why now at the final hour?
Two weeks ago I decided to re-edit the entire manuscript instead of doing the eighty free text changes. How can it be that in that two weeks my entire vision has changed? I want to start over, add things, re-write, but at the same time I’m entirely sick of the story and never want to see it again—and yet this is the first of three and it must be the best it can be. (didn’t intend that little rhyme) Has anyone out there experienced this syndrome? Because that’s what I’m calling it, even though I’m terrified that I DO need to re-write the entire book. ( It makes me tired even thinking about it)
For now I’m taking a day off, doing yoga, meditating, taking a walk in the woods. I’m very much hoping that when I revisit the book things won’t look as bad. But what if they do? Then what? My muse has decided to take a vacation in the Bahamas and won’t be back until after Christmas…(or let’s say I’m hoping she comes back at all—I’ve kind of used up her goodwill) without her by my shoulder I will be SOL…
Since I had planned to have the book published in early January I’ve already started my marketing push but I doubt anyone’s been listening anyway, so that’s not a problem—Has this happened to anyone else? What did you do?